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Government and Politics AS Level at Parkstone Grammar School

Course description

There are two examinations. Unit 3 is taken in January and Unit 4 in the summer. Each examination is 1 ½ hours long. There is no coursework.

Unit 3 topics are taught from the beginning of the year in preparation for a January examination. Unit 4 is taught from December of Year 13. The two A2 units are taught alongside each other and teaching should be completed by the end of the Easter Term.

15 hours of lesson should be spent on each of the 4 topics within each unit.

It is essential students make themselves aware of current developments in world politics. The reading of ‘Politics Review’, ‘The Economist’, ‘Prospect ’ and other journals is highly recommended.


Course content

Unit 3: Key Themes in Political Analysis: Topic C:- Representative Processes in the USA: This introduces students to the institutions of American politics and democracy; elections and voting, political parties, pressure groups and racial and ethnic politics. We examine whether the political system provides all of the diverse population with the chance to enjoy liberty and equality of opportunity.
Unit 4: Extended Themes in Political Analysis: Topic C:- Governing the USA: This unit’s topic examines the institutional framework of US government and considers the interrelationships between its legislative, executive and judicial processes and the health of US federalism


Students will be assessed on their deployment of knowledge, analysis of political concepts and institutions and how to present arguments clearly and effectively. It is essential that they are well aware of the correct political terminology and are actively following developments in UK and International affairs.
There will be a two question assessment of each key question area after the topic is completed. These will be undertaken on a fortnightly basis and sometimes under timed conditions. Students will be expected to conduct their own research and show results to teachers.


Future opportunities

Skills developed during the year can be transferred to university courses in Politics, Law and Journalism for example. They are also invaluable skills for those wishing to pursue a variety of careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Parkstone Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2016
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